Ohio Legislative Update for March 2017

March 15, 2017

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With so much activity in Washington these days, we wanted to give you a snapshot on what the Ohio delegation is working on.

Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-1 R): Introduced the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act to alleviate regulations for angel investment groups. The legislation has passed the house. Additionally, Rep. Chabot introduced the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act to help small businesses as well as the Main Street Growth Act to provide new and improved opportunities to access key sources of capital to start and grow business.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-2 R): Introduced legislation to cover screening computed tomography colonography as a colorectal cancer screening test under the Medicare program. Also, Rep. Wenstrup introduced the VA Provider Equity Act that would include podiatrists under the definition of physician under VA department definition. It also increases podiatrists pay to match VA physician compensation.

Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3 D): Introduced the Housing Financial Literacy Act that would require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to discount FHA single-family mortgage insurance premium payments for first-time homebuyers who complete a financial literacy housing counseling program. She also introduced the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act that would require Federal Reserve Banks to interview at least one candidate that would enhance gender diversity and one that would increase ethnic diversity when appointing Federal Reserve Bank Presidents.

Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4 R): The only bill Jordan has introduced this session is a reconciliation bill to offer an alternative to the current American Health Care Act, but it has yet to be filed with the House clerk.

Rep. Bob Latta (OH-5 R): Introduced the Permanently Repeal the Estate Tax as well as the FCC “ABCs” Act that would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to direct the Federal Communications Commission to include a cost benefit analysis of proposed rules that may have an economically significant impact.

Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-6 R): Introduced legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan. Rep. Johnson also sponsored a resolution that became law, disapproving (and thus blocking) the rule by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule, which restricts coal companies from dumping mining waste into streams and waterways.

Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-7 R): Gibbs has introduced four bills and all involve the environment. He introduced the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters. Rep. Gibbs also sponsored the Water Quality Improvement Act to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for an integrated planning and permitting process. Additionally, Rep. Gibbs introduced a resolution highlighting clean water as a national priority.

Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-8 R): Introduced the Drain the Swamp Act that would require each executive federal agency to relocate outside the Washington, D.C metro area. Rep. Davidson also sponsored the Lead by Example Act that would require Members of Congress and their staff to have their healthcare plan provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also introduced the Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act to block the IRS from implementing a rule regarding restrictions on the liquidation of an interest with respect to estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes from taking effect.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9 D): Sponsored the Return to Prudent Banking Act that would revive the separation between commercial banking and the securities business once found in the Glass-Steagall Act.

Rep. Mike Turner (OH-10 R): Introduced the Healthcare Tax Relief and Mandate Repeal Act to revoke the mandate that individuals purchase or maintain health insurance and employer requirements to offer health insurance who have a workforce of 50 or more. In addition, Rep. Turner introduced the First Responder Medical Device Tax Relief Act to exempt qualified emergency medical device from the excise tax on medical devices, a bill he has championed for several years. Finally, Rep. Turner sponsored the TREAT ACT to allow federal payment for qualified substance use disorder services provided to inmates in public institutions under state Medicaid programs.

Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11 D): Introduced a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. In addition, Rep. Fudge sponsored a concurrent resolution expressing that a day be designated as a “National Voting’s Rights Act Mobilization Day.” Rep. Fudge also introduced the Food Donation Act to expand and clarify food donation under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.

Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH-12 R): Sponsored the New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act to make permanent the new market tax credit. Rep. Tiberi also sponsored the Investing in Opportunity Act to provide for the deferral of inclusion in gross income for capital gains reinvested in opportunity zones. Additionally, Rep. Tiberi sponsored the Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Results Act to encourage and support partnerships between the public and private sectors to improve our nation’s social programs.

Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13 D): Introduced legislation titled the Investing in America’s Small Manufacturers Act to increase the percentage of loans guaranteed for small business concerns that are manufacturers. Similarly, Rep. Ryan sponsored the Retain Act to provide a contracting preference for contractors that retain American jobs and purchase goods and services in the United States. Moreover, Rep. Ryan introduced the Chief Manufacturing Act to establish the United States Chief Manufacturing Officer in the Executive Office of the President with the responsibility of developing a national manufacturing strategy to revitalize the manufacturing sector, spur economic growth, and expand United States competitiveness.

Rep. David Joyce (OH-14 R): Sponsored the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act to extend support of nursing workforce programs and grants through Fiscal Year 2022. Rep. Joyce also introduced the STOP OD Act to prevent the abuse of opiates and to improve response and treatment for the abuse of opiates and related overdoses.

Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15 R):  Introduced the Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee Health Benefits Act to increase the annual limit on employee salary reduction contributions to $5,000.

Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16 D): Sponsored Legislation titled the Flexibility to Promote Reemployment Act to promote the reemployment of unemployed workers. Rep. Renacci introduced the Pension and Budget Integrity Act that would prohibit the use of premiums paid to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation as an offset for other Federal spending. Additionally, Rep. Renacci sponsored legislation to encourage states to engage more TANF recipients in activities leading to employment and self-sufficiency, and to simplify state administration of TANF work requirements.

Sen. Rob Portman (OH-R): Senator Portman has co-sponsored a few bills of interest. 1) He co-sponsored the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act to repeal the medical device tax. 2) He also introduced the STOP Act to ensure that merchandise arriving through the mail shall be subject to review by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and to require the provision of advance electronic information on shipments of mail to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 3) Portman also introduced legislation to clarify that nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity may accept donated mortgage appraisals. 4) The senator has long championed the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitive Act to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, and hopes to be able to pass this bill in the 115th Congress. 5) Most recently, Senator Portman is about to introduce the Ohio Republicans’ Regulatory Accountability Act to add new obstacles for agencies to overcome before enacting economically significant rules, require them to choose the most cost-effective alternative, and give judges more discretion to block regulations when the regulated interests object.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH-D): Senator Brown has sponsored several bills as well. 1) He introduced legislation to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests. 2) Senator Brown also introduced legislation titled the End Surprise Billing Act that would limit and regulate out-of-pocket expenses at hospitals that are within healthcare provider’s network. 3) He sponsored legislation that would provide for treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians under the Medicare program. 4) Senator Brown also introduced a resolution that passed the senate designating February 28, 2017, as “Rare Disease Day.”

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